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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Pope authorizes early beatification process for priest murdered by jihadists

2016-10-04

The bishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, has decided to open the process of beatification for Father Jacques Hamel, killed in July in his church by jihadists.

In this way, there will not be a five-year waiting period, as provided by law. The Vatican had communicated this move to the French diocese, who then reported it as "exceptional.” 

This exemption is the same one that was granted to other saints such as John Paul II, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Lucia of Fatima.

From now on, Bishop Dominique Lebrun must gather factual evidence to prove that Fr. Hamel was holy. It will be easy because he was killed in an action of hatred of the faith, so he could be declared a martyr.

Communication from the Diocese of Rouen

"Pope Francis has overwhelmingly expressed the martyrdom of Fr. Jacques Hamel during a Mass on Sept. 14 that he celebrated with Msgr. Dominique Lebrun, Archbishop of Rouen, the priest's family, and pilgrims from the Diocese of Rouen.

Now, Msgr. Lebrun has been informed by the Roman Congregation for the Causes of Saints that Pope Francis has granted an exception to the five years usually required before opening a process of beatification.

Deeply appreciative to the pope for this exceptional gesture, the Archbishop of Rouen has decided to open the process during these beginning days to the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray."


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